London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 08 May 2009 – Development of the new gold mine at Tongon in Côte d’Ivoire – owned by international gold mining and exploration company Randgold Resources – is on track for first gold production in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Revealing this in its report for the first quarter of 2009, the company said that the geo-technical investigation, the audit of key facilities and the dam wall design had been completed, and the excavations for the CIL and thickener civil works were nearly done.
The report added that, with the site establishment advances, and the completion of the first 80- person accommodation set, the main contractor’s personnel and other teams were beginning to mobilise to the site in preparation for the ramp-up of the construction programme.
It went on to mention the following other significant developments:
- Preparation of the key trench for the water storage dam has started. The dam will be built in two phases, with the first phase scheduled for completion before the start of the 2009 rainy season in order to provide water next year. In the second phase, the dam’s compacted earth wall will be raised in time for the 2010 rains.
- Fabrication of the ball mills is on schedule, with the first on the critical path and scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2010; and the second following three months later.
- The first two CIL tanks have already been shipped and are expected in Abidjan shortly.
- The water treatment and aggregate plants have been commissioned, and the construction of the plant engineering workshop, warehouses, stores and mill offices has been completed.
- Preloading of the secondary crusher feed stockpile has been completed.
- The inaugural landing on the 2.5 km airstrip has taken place, and
- An agreement has been concluded with the state’s electricity supply authority to link Tongon into the national grid.
Group general manager: capital projects John Steele, says excitement is mounting. “We’re looking forward to using the experience gained in building our two existing mines. Despite dealing with the bureaucracy of a country in transition, we’re also maintaining a strong focus on cost control and scheduling, and have already achieved some significant savings,” he said.